While Jamaicans are angry at the recent spike of children’s television shows promoting homosexuality to the young and gullible minds of kids, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) does not seem to have an issue with it.
Jamaicans are steaming angry and are blaming the Disney channel for pushing a gay agenda after the network aired a same-sex scene in a TV show, and announced plans to feature a lead gay character in an upcoming film.
However, JFLAG members and leaders are not among the angry Jamaicans as they don’t see exposing little children to homosexuality as a problem.
Latoya Nugent, associate director at the JFLAG, told 18 KARAT REGGAE that she is aware of the discussion that has been taking place regarding the Disney content, but the organization is focusing its energies on more important issues.
“We are concerned about the violence against women and children, and while we are in fact an advocacy organization, we have to be strategic about how we engage the media and about what kind of issues we tackle,” Nugent said.
Meanwhile, minister of religion, Reverend Herro Blair Jr, says that it is up to the parents and family to protect children from the normalization of homosexuality that has been permeating the media.
“It’s going to be difficult to cry for censorship now when we have not cried for censorship with shows such as Empire and everyone of these shows that have a homosexual character. The kids are already being told that this is an alright way of life,” Blair reasoned.
“We have to decide from the homes what we want for our families. The parents must say if Disney is going to be showing these things, let us put the pressure on them by not watching or not accepting it as a cable channel for our children,” he continued.
Dancehall selector Foota Hype was very adamant about his opposition to the targeting of children by the media with their homosexuality content. Foota even went as far as calling for a ban on the Disney channel in Jamaica.
“Well, let’s see if Lisa Hanna and the Prime Minister gonna move to ban Disney channel off every cable provider in Jamaica as it’s unfit for kids and will corrupt their minds. Most important, being gay is illegal by law in Jamaica so I’ll wait patiently for their input, hope it will be speedy and widely spoken like when they discriminate against dancehall,” Foot Hype posted on his Instagram.
The selector was obviously making reference to Lisa Hanna and Andrew Holness, the minister of culture and prime minister, respectively, blaming dancehall for the ills plaguing Jamaica and corrupting the minds of the young.
“they cannot crucify dancehall music and leave everything else open,” Foota Hype concluded.